Learning how to communicate in French can sometimes be daunting. First of all, you need to learn the basics of grammar and some useful vocabulary. And then you need to start using it in real-life situations. Easier said than done!

We all learn in different ways. Some prefer to study on their own from a book, or one-to-one, others prefer learning interactively in a group and there are those who opt out of learning formally and just go for it. There is no right or wrong way. 

Over the years I have had many people ask me to help them learn French. They’ve all had to start at the beginning and learn the basics to help get them on the path they need to be on. 

Teaching French was not something I set out to do. However, having taught a few people, I realised that I felt very rewarded to see those people grow in confidence to a point where they were able to have a conversation with me and hopefully in real-life situations. 

With this teaching experience in mind, and along with other previous experience*, I decided to share my knowledge of the French language on this site in what I hope is a clear and easy-to-follow manner.

Parlez-vous Français? is not a language course as such. The “lessons” are more like short, sweet bursts of grammar and vocabulary. And they are free! 

Take what you can away from what you read. If it helps you even in the most miniscule way, then I will be happy.

*I have over 30 years’ experience in speaking and writing French, in France. I also spent 3 years as language assistant (French, Spanish and English) in a secondary school during a brief spell back in the UK. I have taught English to student nurses in Bordeaux.

The Basics – Nouns

A noun is a naming word. It applies to a living being, thing or idea. For example, child, table, happiness, Janice.

In French, all nouns have a gender, i.e., they are either masculine or feminine. Yes, I know! It’s a weird concept for us. You need to learn the gender along with the noun itself as this affects the form other words take when used with it, for example, the adjective that describes it, the article that goes before it (such as le, la (the) or une or un (a/an)) and the pronoun that replaces it (such as il or elle (it, he or she)).

The (masculine) = le
A (masculine) = un

The (feminine) = la
A (feminine) = une

Here’s an example of some masculine and feminine insects (useful vocabulary for going into the spring and summer months).

a fly – une mouche
an ant – une fourmi
a bee – une abeille
a caterpillar – une chenille
a grasshopper – une sauterelle
a wasp – une guêpe
a dragonfly – une libellule

a beetle – un scarabée
a butterfly – un papillon
a hornet – un frelon
a cockroach – un cafard
a mosquito – un moustique

I will be running one-to-one and small group French lessons from October 2023 – April 2024 from my home in Eymet. Please contact me for further information.